Mother Says She's Not Negligent
UPDATE 1/30/08: The mother who vowed to keep the family dog that attacked her toddler says she is not a bad mom, and people should realize that dogs have feelings too. She continues to blame her two-year-old son for the attack, which happened after the toddler tugged on the animal's ears.
"The dog was trying to protect herself, she's got feelings too, just like Noah does," Ms Cottier said.
The incident sparked outrage and prompted hundreds of comments on The Daily Telegraph's website. As of late yesterday, 70% percent of the 4000 readers who voted in the online poll thought the dog should be removed. Ms Cottier's defence of her decision to keep the dog came as another boy was recovering from a dog attack which left him in need of emergency surgery.
1/29/08: Mother Backs Dog After Staffy-Mix Attacks Son
Australia - 2-year old Noah Newbold is lucky to still have sight in his left eye. Recently, he was snapped at by the family dog. The toddler's mother, Alicia Cottier, has vowed to keep the mastiff-staffordshire mix, blaming the attack on her son. She says the dog was provoked because her son tugged an ear too many times.
"People are telling me I should shoot the dog, and as much as I love my son to death, I believe Noah was annoying her. I love the dog and she's part of the family.
It's not like the dog picked him up and shook him or anything, she just snapped at him for pulling on her ears."
After dressing Noah's wounds, ambulance officers from the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter deemed him "the luckiest boy alive." Police who attended the scene said no charges would be filed because the attack occurred at dog owner's home. For the same reason, the fate of the dog lies in the owner's hand.